Grow A Garden

Grow A Garden

From Gisa Seeholzer

Funding will be dedicated to acquiring the necessary tools and supplies used in the Grow-A-Garden program. This program benefits all members of the Ventura County community

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The community of Ventura County will more than benefit from the Grow-A-Garden program. There are a multitude of issues currently facing communities all over the world. Marigold Farms Inc hopes to be a leader by inspiring, empowering, and supporting the residents of Ventura County to make changes to their community by addressing both environmental issues and social issues. We will be addressing environmental issues including decline in pollinators, climate change, and decline in native habitats. We will be addressing social issues including job skills training for both vets and homeless, food insecurity for low income residents, senior citizens, and terminally ill residents, and educating the general community on sustainable practices and lowering their carbon footprint.

The Grow-A-Garden program was inspired from a movement called, “Food Not Lawns” by Heather Jo Flores. The “Food Not Lawns,” movement encouraged individuals all around the world to replace their lawns with food forests that would benefit humans, soil health,  and habitat for native flora and fauna. In our community, many residents have lawns that are sprayed and fertilized each season, year after year. Recent studies have found that spraying pesticides, fungicides, or  herbicides are not good for the soil health or even the health of plants and animals including humans. There has also been a significant decrease in food and habitat for pollinators and other native animals due to the removal of native plants and the increased amount of development by humans. This program encourages residents who have land and are senior citizens, veterans, or terminally ill to grow a healthy garden or food forest that provides organic produce for them as well as food and habitat for pollinators. It's a program that also encourages the sharing of abundance, and it partners with nonprofit food organizations that distribute produce to the underserved communities. It's a wonderful program that allows individuals from different backgrounds, ages, and stages in their life to work together and help one another as well as help the  natural world around them. 

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